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Medicare Policies Restricting Power Wheelchair Repairs Leave Vulnerable Beneficiaries with Limited M

Link for Mobility Repairs WASHINGTON, D.C. For years, William Welch, 58, was a truck driver, a free spirit traveling along the roads. But now Welch spends his days in a Brunswick, Md. apartment, barely able to move from a chair to the refrigerator because his Medicare-supplied power wheelchair is broken and he can’t find anyone to fix it, says the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare). “I’m stuck in the house and I can’t go anywhere,” said Welch, who suffers from severe asthma and COPD. “When you lose your ability to move around, you’re done. I can’t see friends; I can’t get groceries. I can’t even get medicine for myself.” Medicare’s inability to arrange repairs for beneficiaries’

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